Climate Reference Network

The Climate Reference Network is a network of climate stations in the USA now being developed as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative.[1] The goal of its implementation is to provide future long-term observations of temperature and precipitation to be used to measure climate change. The CRN will also provide the USA with a reference network that meets the requirements of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).

Each station is standardized and automated. The sensors include triple redundant air temperature, precipitation sensor, wind speed and ground temperature. Except for the rain gauge, all equipment is mounted in a standard configuration on a 3 meter tower[1] Stations are placed in carefully chosen rural environments to avoid possible urban microclimate interference.[2]

NOAA announced that it expects to have the last of the 114 sites online in summer 2008.[2]


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